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Updated on January 21, 2013
There was just too much to see at SHOT Show, but that’s no surprise to those familiar with the tactical trade show. We spent last week scoping out the latest boots, apparel, guns, bags and firearm accessories. Not only did we get to peep the freshest products, we were able to get the lowdown about the technology in each from the tactical experts. Check out our top picks below.
The Blackhawk booth was enormously impressive, but that wouldn’t surprise the regular SHOT Show attendee. Outside of the booth, mannequins displayed the men’s and women’s styles of clothing. On the left, there were the low-profile outfits that are perfect for casual days. The ones on the right showcase clothes that you would want to wear in the field.
There was no lack of things to look at within the booth. From equipment for your tactical pooch to technical footwear, it was bursting with gear. However, we were most drawn to the Diversion collection. This is a line of bags and packs that disguise carrying firearms. For example, the Diversion Racquet Bag would easily conceal an undercover agent’s rifle and not blow his cover.
If camouflage is your thing, you’re probably super stoked about the new Vertx tactical pants in the highly-esteemed Kryptek pattern. Available in four colorways, the one shown is called Mandrake.
Gould & Goodrich’s new branding and holsters both made an impression on us. Their latest lineup infuses new technologies with old school styling. They showed us the B900, which features a positive level one retention and allows for a fast draw. Boasting a classic leather look, the holster includes a three layer construction. While shown with the paddle option, it also includes multiple other carry options (belt loop and MOLLE clip).
You’ll definitely want to keep an eye on this brand!
We love boots and SHOT did not disappoint this year. Just 26 ounces, the Danner Tachyon takes lightweight to a whole new level. In addition to its comfort factor, the boots include a rubber outsole outfitted with pentagonal lugs for superior surface contact.
And the Bates Annobon has just never looked better. New for this year, the tactical favorite will be available in a waterproof variation. Seriously, we could look at this boot all day.
It’s impossible to try to fit all of SHOT in a single blog post, so we’re going to leave you with a picture of a MultiCam Rally Fighter. Want to see more SHOT pics? Check out our Facebook album for more tactical goodness.
What was your favorite part of SHOT Show? Share with us in the comments.